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Artist Joseph Bennett’s Exhibit Finds Beauty in Discarded Objects

Christina’s World, original assemblage by Joseph Bennett 43x25x12 cm

By Eli Hans

As an inspired artist of many passions, Joseph Bennett has spent thousands of hours in his art studio breathing new life into things others have judged worthless.

“This medium exhilarates me. I’ve loved every minute of creating these compositions with discarded objects that others have let go of for some reason,” Bennett explains.

The show, entitled Such a Blessing, showcases more than 50 of Bennetts’s works. These works are visually arresting—deep, and inspiring. “I’ve been creating in this powerful medium for the past 19 years,” says Bennett, “and as my twentieth anniversary approaches, I reflect on how blessed I’ve been since the beginning, when I first saw works by the iconic artist Joseph Cornell and thought, ‘That’s for me!’ I’ve been passionately creating with found objects ever since. My career has been rich in many ways—the people I’ve met along the way, the appreciation by art collectors who find the perfect piece that speaks to them. When I was considering titles for this exhibition, Such a Blessing seemed perfect.”

Bennett was inspired to create a few pieces after recent travels to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, a national memorial dedicated to US victims of lynching. He also went to visit old slave trade houses in the South. Deeply affected, he created new works to give testament to slaves’ horrific experiences.

His love for vintage and found objects makes Joseph’s pieces rich in story and symbolism. Christina’s World, for example, featured on the cover of this week’s Que Pasa, borrows its title from the 1948 painting of the same name by Andrew Wyeth, and tells the imagined tale of the doll in the upper right-hand corner of the work, a doll who—like Wyeth’s Christina—is trapped and seemingly unable to enjoy her life and surroundings.

As Bennett has done in past shows, text accompanies all the show’s works, to explain the stories behind them. Patrons will also have a chance to vote for their favorite of the 51 pieces.

As a special bonus, Bennett’s Christinas World will be raffled off! Tickets cost 100 pesos for one chance, three for 200 pesos, and 10 for 500 pesos. The lucky winner will be chosen on Saturday evening at the show’s close. You need not be present to win. Raffle tickets will be sold Friday and Saturday night during the show and online until Saturday at 5pm at

Find The Studio Space just above the intersection of calles Cinco de Mayo and Prolongación Aldama, at Subida al Caracol 11.


Art Exhibit

Such a Blessing assemblage art exhibition

Fri–Sat, Jan 11–12, 5–8pm

The Studio Space

Subida al Caracol 11

(just above intersection of 5 de Mayo and Prolongación Aldama)


Original art raffle

100 pesos for 1 chance

200 pesos for 3 chances

500 pesos for 10 chances

Info: 415 103 8027

Joseph Bennett 415 103 8027


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